United Way's 6th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament
Anderson Snow Park
6th Annual Kickball Tournament
On Saturday, March 27th, 16 corporate teams along with their Celebrity Coaches competed for the Ultimate Traveling Trophy. Returning team "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative and Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers, Hernando County Administrator took home the title of 2021's Kickball Champions!
The deadline to register for the 2021 Kickball Tournament was March 1st. If your business is interested in participating in the Kickball Tournament in 2022, please contact Dominique at United Way for more information. Email Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org to have your business' contact information added for next year's tournament!
Each Kickball Tournament's purpose is to support early literacy and continue to provide preschool children in Hernando with free books to help them grow their own little library. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which currently provides over 1,000 Hernando children with a free book every month until the age of five. The books are mailed directly to enrolled children regardless of their family’s economic status.
Champions & Your Impact
2016: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square
2017: "Just Kickin' It" from Publix at Brooksville Square
2018: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
2019: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
2020: "Brooksville Bombers" from Publix at Brooksville Square & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers
2021: "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. & Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers
With 16 teams participating in the 2021 Tournament, United Way will be able to enroll an additional 461 children onto the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program and mail out 6,000 more books to local families over this next year.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
United Way of Hernando County takes the health of our participants and the community very seriously. In order for us to continue hosting this annual outdoor event, our organization has implemented the following new safety rules:
- Masks will be provided to all volunteers and participants in small enclosed spaces such as the dugout or score box.
- Temperatures will be taken at Check-In.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be set up amongst the 4 fields for spectators and participants to use accordingly.
Become a Sponsor
Individual and Business Sponsorships are available for anyone who is interested in investing in a child’s future safely from afar. Your donation will enroll children onto the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program where free books will be mailed directly to their homes.
- Sponsor a child for 12 months for $26
- Sponsor a child from birth to age 5 for $130
- Download Sponsorship Form
Get your Business involved and make a difference in the lives of many young children in Hernando.
- Presenting Sponsor: Grand Slam Champion
- Field Sponsor: Home Run Hero
- Kickball Sponsor: Base Run Baller
- Download the Sponsorship Package Flyer
Questions? Please contact the United Way office today or email Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org.
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2021 Team Lineup:
- Amerifirst Home Mortgage - Team name: If You Ain't Amerifirst, You're Last! ------------>
- Barrette Outdoor Living - Team Name: Barrette Knights ---------------------------------------------->
- Century 21 Alliance Realty - Team Name: NO BASE LIKE HOME --------------------------------->
- Hernando County Sheriff's Office - Team Name: The Heat ------------------------------------------>
- Hernando County School District - Team Name: World's Okayest Kickballers ------------>
- The Plumadore Group - Team Name: Kicking Balls & Taking Listings ------------------------>
- Timber Pines Community Association - Team Name: Champa Bay -------------------------->
- Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative - Team Name: WRECking Crew ----------------->
- Publix Hernando West Plaza - Team Name: Dupius Demolishers ------------------------------->
- Publix Seven Hills - Team Name: O'Berry's All Stars ---------------------------------------------------->
- Publix Lakewood Plaza - Team Name: Oops! We kicked it again! ------------------------------->
- Publix Barclay - Team Name: Pitches be Crazy ----------------------------------------------------------->
- Publix Mariner Commons - Team Name: Average Joe's --------------------------------------------->
- Publix Brooksville Square - Team Name: Schwiftey Business ------------------------------------->
- Publix Glen Lakes - Team Name: Eleven Ninety Great ------------------------------------------------->
- Publix Avalon - Team Name: The Done Dealers ----------------------------------------------------------->
2021 Celebrity Coaches:
- Blake Bell - Brooksville City Council
- Josh McGuire - Texas Road House
- Marilyn Pearson-Adams - Century 21 Alliance Realty
- Sheriff Al Nienhuis - Hernando County Sheriff's Office
- Superintendent John Stratton - Hernando County School District
- Chance Phillips - Beer Frog/Evom
- Jeff Holcomb - Hernando County Commissioner
- Jeff Rogers - Hernando County Administrator
- Billy & Kristie Healis - Walmart Distribution Center and Hernando County Judge
- Allissa O'Berry - Publix Super Markets
- Dr. Eddie Williams - PHSC
- Marvelous Marvin - Hits 106
- Beth Narverud - Hernando County Commissioner
- Chris Linsbeck - Hernando County Parks & Recreation
- Doug Chorvat Jr. - Hernando County Clerk of Court and Comptroller
- Dr. Joanie Davis - Davis Family Hearing
Congratulations to the 2021 raffle winners!
Tampa Bay Bucs Autographed Mike Evans football: Brandon S.
Tampa Bay Lightning Autographed Alex Killorn hat: John M.
ZooTampa Tickets: Yamil F.
TreeUmph! Adventure Course Certificates: Kelly G.
Wonderworks: Jeff R.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2021
WRECking Crew Crowned 2021 Kickball Champs
United Way Raises Over $12,000 for Childhood Literacy at Kickball Tournament
Spring Hill, FL – (March 30, 2021) – United Way of Hernando County hosted their 6th Annual "KICK" Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Since 2016, local companies have battled it out in a friendly competition for the Ultimate Traveling Kickball Trophy. This year, COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented for the protection of the players, volunteers, vendors, and spectators. This included temperature checks at check-in, sanitation stations around the park, and proving masks for each dugout and vendor table.
Proceeds from this popular fundraising tournament benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL), which supports childhood literacy by sending enrolled Hernando children a free book in the mail every month, from birth to age 5. The community came together to raise over $12,000 for DPIL, which will allow United Way to provide 6,000 books to enrolled children to help build their personal library.
After a long morning of Hernando businesses vying for the Championship Trophy, the final matchup came down between Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative’s Team WRECking Crew and their Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers, Hernando County Administrator and The Plumadore Group’s Team Kicking Balls & Taking Listings with their Celebrity Coach Doug Chorvat Jr., Clerk of Court & Comptroller. It was a close game, but in the end The WRECking Crew were crowned the victors and the 2021 Kickball Champions.
Thank you to the following businesses and their accompanying Celebrity Coaches (CC) who competed in this year’s event:
- Team "O'Berry's All Stars" from Publix at Seven Hills --> CC Allissa O'Berry, Publix #411
- Team "The Heat" from the HC Sheriff’s Office --> CC Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Hernando County Sheriff's Office
- Team "Average Joe's" from Publix at Mariner Commons --> CC Beth Narverud, Hernando County Commissioner
- Team "Dupuis Demolishers" from Publix Hernando West --> CC Billy & Kristie Healis, Walmart Dist. & HC County Judge
- Team "If You Ain't Amerifirst, You're Last" from Amerifirst Home Mortgage --> CC Blake Bell, Brooksville City Council
- Team "Champa Bay" from Timber Pines Community Association --> CC Chance Phillips, Beer Frog/Evom
- Team "Schwiftey Business" from Publix at Brooksville Square --> CC Chris Linsbeck, Hernando County Parks & Recreation
- Team "Eleven Ninety Great" from Publix at Glen Lakes --> CC Doug Chorvat, Clerk of Court
- Team "Oops! We Kicked It Again" from Publix Lakewood Plaza --> CC Dr. Eddie Williams, PHSC
- Team "The Done Dealers" from Publix Avalon --> CC Dr. Joanie Davis, Davis Family Hearing
- Team "Kicking Balls & Taking Listings" from The Plumadore Group --> CC Jeff Holcomb, Hernando County Commissioner
- Team "WRECking Crew" from Withlacoochie River Electric Coop. --> CC Jeff Rogers, County Administrator
- Team "World's Okayest Kickballers" from HC Schools --> CC Superintendent John Stratton, Hernando County School District
- Team "Barrette Knights" from Barrette Outdoor Living --> CC Josh McGuire, Texas Roadhouse
- Team "NO BASE LIKE HOME" from Century 21 Alliance Realty --> CC Marilyn Pearson Adams, Century 21 Alliance Realty
- Team "Pitches Be Crazy" from Publix at Barclay --> CC Marvelous Marvin, HITS 106
Returning for the popular Mascot Fun Run were Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, Pikachu, Carey the Cow, and Tommy the T-Rex. They were joined by newcomers Teachable T-Rex from Mid Florida Community Services Head-Early Head Start, Pasco Hernando State College’s Boomer the Bobcat, Olaf from Terlep Chiropractic, and the Shark from Nature Coast Technical High School. It was a close race, but in the end Tommy the T-Rex was crowned victorious.
Congratulations to all of the raffle winners!
- Alex Killorn hat: John M.
- TreeUmph!: Kelly G.
- ZooTampa: Yamil F.
- Wonderworks: Celeb Coach Jeff R.
- Autographed Mike Evans football: Brandon S.
- Mascot Fun Run: Cindy
A special thank you to all of our sponsors who proudly supported this fundraising event:
- Presenting Sponsor: Holmes Drafting Services – Grand Slam Champion
- Field 1 Sponsor: Integrity Pest Control – Home Run Hero
- Fields 2 & 3 Sponsor: PED-Stuart Corporation – Home Run Hero
- Field 4 Sponsor: Terlep Chiropractic – Home Run Hero
- Base Run Baller Sponsors: Carter Foreman PLLC, Cricket Wireless (Sun Com), Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Rotary Club of Brooksville, Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start/Early Head Start, and Timber Pines Community Association/Scott Dienes Construction LLC.
Thank you to United Way’s Proud Partners at the Boys & Girls Club, Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Mid-Florida Community Service’s Early Start and Head Start, NAMI Hernando, and People Helping People for providing local resources for families in attendance. LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Blood Mobile encouraged spectators to donate blood and save a life, and Terlep Chiropractic offered a coupon for discounted services with proceeds donated back to DPIL.
With a high of 92 degrees on Saturday, United Way was fortunate to have BrainFreeze Italian Ice on site cooling off attendees with their delicious desserts, and Texas Roadhouse grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for the players, volunteers, and attendees. Mid Florida Community Services and Target sponsored a grab-and-go breakfast for players and volunteers.
PJ the DJ from The Arc Nature Coast provided upbeat music all day for the attendees, and everyone loved snapping a keepsake picture with the life-size cutout of Dolly Parton at the Foto Fun Booth. United Way would also like to thank National Anthem singer and Challenger K8 teacher Jonathan Kryk, Hernando County Parks and Recreation, and United Way of Hernando County volunteers, Board Members, and Kickball Planning Committee Members for generously donating their time, talents, and efforts to help make this event such a success.
2021 Kickball Champs: WRECking Crew from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative
Celebrity Coach Jeff Rogers and Team David Gonzalez, Al Lemire, Zach Sorrentino, Jason Giddings,
Denine Sorrentino, Justin Owens, Rusty Lightbody, Justin Rubeo, Davd Moen, Taylor Scumaci,
Brittney Walker, Josh Velez, and Noah Torkelson.
For more information on available opportunities for community involvement, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball
United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2021
Help “KICK” Start Kids’ Love of Reading
United Way’s 6th Annual Kickball Tournament
Spring Hill, FL – (March 11, 2021) – If you enjoy watching friendly competition between Hernando County businesses while supporting early literacy for preschool children, then you don’t want to miss United Way of Hernando County’s 6th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament. On Saturday, March 27th at Anderson Snow Park, 16 teams from local companies will compete for the opportunity to win the Ultimate Trophy and the title of Kickball Champions.
This fun-filled outdoor event is free to the public. National Anthem begins at 8:45 am and the first wave of teams kick off at 9:00 am sharp. Texas Roadhouse will be barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers, and food trucks The Peanut Shack and BrainFreeze Italian Ice will be selling their delicious snacks and ices.
PJ the DJ will be playing tunes all day, and attendees can stop by the Foto Fun Booth to take a fun picture with a life-size cutout of Dolly Parton herself. Don’t miss mascot fun run with special appearances by: Olaf the Snowman, Head Start’s Teachable T-Rex, Pikachu, Texas Roadhouse’s Andy the Armadillo, Nature Coast High School Shark, Central High School’s Bear, and PHSC’s Boomer the Bobcat.
All proceeds from this annual event benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program, which provides enrolled Hernando County children with a free, age appropriate book in the mail every month, from birth to age five. Currently, 1,000 children are registered to receive a book every month regardless of their family’s economic status.
Thank You to our Event Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Holmes Drafting Services – Grand Slam Champion
Field 1 Sponsor: Integrity Pest Control – Home Run Hero
Fields 2 & 3 Sponsor: PED-Stuart Corporation – Home Run Hero
Field 4 Sponsor: Terlep Chiropractic – Home Run Hero
Base Run Baller Sponsors: Carter Foreman PLLC, Cricket Wireless (Sun Com), Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Rotary Club of Brooksville, Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start/Early Head Start, and Timber Pines Community Association/Scott Dienes Construction LLC.
Due to COVID-19, United Way has implemented safety precautions such as: masks for all volunteers and participants in small enclosed spaces such as the dugout or score box, temperature checks for all participants and volunteers, and hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the 4 fields for attendees to use accordingly.
Vendors and Early Literacy Supporters include: Boys and Girls Club, Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, LifeSouth’s Blood Mobile, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Head Start/Early Head Start, NAMI Hernando, People Helping People in Hernando County, Pepsi, Sam’s Club, Terlep Chiropractic, and Wawa.
United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2020
United Way’s 6th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament
Outdoor Event Prevails Safely During Pandemic to Support Free Book Program
Spring Hill, FL – (December 30, 2020) – United Way of Hernando County’s 6th Annual “KICK” Start to Early Literacy Kickball Tournament will safely be hosted on Saturday, March 27, 2021 sharply at 9am. Located outdoors at Anderson Snow Park, United Way will be taking extra safety precautions due to COVID-19 for the health and safety of the community.
“This competitive community event helps provide thousands of books every year to children enrolled in United Way of Hernando County’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program,” said Angie Walasek, United Way of Hernando County’s Executive Director/CEO. “Every participant’s registration fee sponsors one child on the program for a full year. With 14 teams participating in February 2020’s tournament, we were able to enroll over 200 additional Hernando preschool children and mail out 2,400 extra books this year. That’s why we knew it was so important to continue on with this event in 2021. We take the health of our participants and the community very seriously. New safety rules will be implemented for the tournament moving forward during COVID-19. Masks will be provided to all volunteers and participants in small enclosed spaces such as the dugout or score box and temperatures will be taken the morning of. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up amongst the 4 fields for spectators and participants to use accordingly. We’re excited to be in the position to safely continue this event for our community and support early literacy by helping children grow their libraries.”
On March 27th, 16 teams along with their celebrity coaches will be competing for the Ultimate Traveling Trophy as the 2021 Kickball Champions. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which currently provides over 1,000 Hernando children with a free book every month until the age of five. The books are mailed to the children regardless of their family’s economic status. Sponsorships are available for individuals or businesses interested in investing in a child’s future safely from afar. Please contact the United Way office today or email Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org.
Get involved! Volunteers are needed for this tournament. Sign up on Lend a Hand Hernando to help with scorekeeping or work at the raffle table to giveaway fun prizes.
For more information, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Kickball
or call the United Way office at 352-688-2026.